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New Destiny Housing

One in every four women will experience domestic violence at some point in their life. To think such a despicable practice is so common is revolting; and yet it continues to play an unfortunately pervasive role in society. Countless women have fallen victim to violence in the home, and not all have risen up again as survivors. While there are certainly multiple organizations dedicated to combating this terrible phenomenon, there still needs to be a greater effort on the part of society to helping these trapped women escape the prison that their homes have sadly become.

It is this notion that plagues so many today. Even after escaping from an abusive relationship, the victim is often at a loss for where to go. Generally, the assailant is one who is intimately familiar with the victim, the victim’s family, and the victim’s friends. How does a battered man or woman escape someone who knows every nuanced detail of their lives? How do they leave behind a past partner who is embedded in their everyday life?

Such are the very questions that New Destiny Housing chooses to tackle head-on by providing low-income rental housing specifically to victims of domestic violence just exiting the shelter system. Currently, New Destiny Housing operates 11 such properties. Generally, tenants in the program will spend about 30% or so of their income on rent. By orienting these victims with a proper fiscal situation, New Destiny Housing is able to put victims on the right track to developing long-term stability and safety.

As mentioned before, New Destiny Housing really provides a value to survivors are recently exiting the shelter system. In Manhattan, there is a widespread although short-term shelter system that provides a temporary home at 45 undisclosed locations in all five boroughs. Large, the initiative actually is able to help 9,000 women and children every year, but the women and children can only stay for 180 days, and afterwards are either forced to find somewhere else to live or are able to stay in a transitional family shelter unit, but the number of those is so slim that it cannot possibly provide for the staggering number of domestic violence victims, hence the need for altruistic programs like New Destiny Housing.

Being forced to escape from what’s supposed to be your home is an atrocious notion that should never be forced upon anyone; and to be all alone at such a moment of incredible vulnerability is simply unacceptable. Stand with New Destiny Housing to pay your respects and make someone else’s tragedy a little less overwhelming. For more information, please head to their website.